Skincare during the rains
It has been raining every now and then and one thing about that is that many of us tend have related skin ailments.
“The common non-infectious diseases that we are witnessing are psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis in this colder season, along with atopic dermatitis. Also common during this rainy season is blister beetle dermatitis, a condition caused by contact with certain beetles,” says Dr Sachith Abraham, consultant dermatologist and HOD at the dermatology department at a city hospital, adding that there has also been a spike in cases of fungal infections.
Dr Vijaya Gowri Bandaru, dermatologist at another city hospital, adds, “Cases of winter xerosis, which is acutely dry skin, and psoriasis are more common now than other infections. In winter xerosis, the skin becomes very dry and itchy, especially on the hands and legs. This is very common in children and among the elderly. Topical application of moisturising creams and oil if the skin is very dry is advised.”
Elaborating more on the kind of cases witnessed during this season, Dr Rashmi Ravindra, consultant dermatologist at another hospital adds, “We come across patients with many types of skin infections in our OPD; mainly viral infections such as chicken pox, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, herpes zoster, and genital herpes. More often, children are seen to contract viral infections like chicken pox, hand-foot-and-mouth disease or bacterial infections like impetigo.
Impetigo is a highly-contagious bacterial skin infection affecting young children and infants. It is also quite common for children to suffer from fungal infections like tinea capitis or ringworm of the scalp, which affects the scalp and hair shafts, causing small patches of itchy, scaly skin. This spreads easily, especially among children. If children use combs, bedding, or other objects that have been used by an infected person, they will be at risk of catching an infection. The best way to protect your children from such infections is by adopting proper hygiene.”